In good hands

Cherished Pets vet nurses Glenda Stewart, Kym Colls, Georgi Anderson and Jarrah Wadsworth with four-legged friends Cooper, Buddi and Minnie. (Justin Flynn)

It is a day when veterinary nurses around the world are celebrated and recognised.

Today (October 9) is Vet Nurse Day. Vet nurses play an incredible role in keeping our cherished pets healthy and well.

Vet nurses are the backbone of the veterinary industry; they are the nurturers, the carers, the organisers, the communicators and the problem solvers.

Locally, the veterinary nurse team at Cherished Pets plays a unique role in the community. Not only do they provide traditional veterinary nursing care at the CP Community Hub in Ocean Grove, they also provide a vital community vet nursing service.

The CP Community Vet Nurses (CVNs) provide regular home visits to attend pets and support their humans. This includes administering medications, delivering food for weight loss and nutritional programs, and managing a pet’s wellbeing.

When life doesn’t go to plan our CVNs are there for our vulnerable community members and their pets. They coordinate vet visits, grooming, and transfers to respite care when needed.

Glenda Stewart is well known in our community and is the original CVN at Cherished Pets.

“I love being a community vet nurse because I really form a deep connection with our clients and their gorgeous pets, who get to know me and get excited when I visit, like my own dogs do at home,” she said.

“Our elderly residents have so much to offer, and so much wisdom to share. Caring for their pets, and them, makes my life better.”

The CVN role is evolving at Cherished Pets. Even through COVID and lockdown, CVNs have continued to provide a no contact service where needed, and have ensured pets of vulnerable people can continue to access the care they need.